Chocolate Spider Web Cake Recipe

Chocolate Spider Web Cake Recipe

No Halloween party is complete without cake. This moist chocolate cake will vanish right before your eyes.

SKILL LEVEL
Intermediate
PREP
40 min
BAKE
30 min

Ingredients

1 2/3 cupsall-purpose flour (400 mL)
1 1/2 cupsgranulated sugar (375 mL)
1/2 cupHERSHEY'S Cocoa (125 mL)
1 1/2 tspbaking soda (7 mL)
1 tspsalt (5 mL)
1/2 tspbaking powder (2 mL)
2 eggs (2)
1/2 cupvegetable shortening (125 mL)
1 1/2 cupsbuttermilk or soured milk (375 mL)
1 tspvanilla extract (5 mL)
BUTTERCREAM FROSTING:
6 tbspsoftened butter or margerine (90 mL)
2 2/3 cupsicing sugar (650 mL)
1/2 cupHERSHEY'S Cocoa (125 mL)
1 tspvanilla extract (5 mL)
SPIDER WEB:
1/2 cupCHIPITS White Chocolate Chips (125 mL)
1/2 tspvegetable shortening (2 mL)

Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease and flour two 9-inch (1.5 L) round baking pans.

    2. Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, salt and baking powder in a large bowl; add eggs, shortening, buttermilk and vanilla. Beat on low speed of an electric mixer for 1 minute, scraping the bowl frequently. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes, scraping the bowl occasionally. Pour the batter into prepared pans.

    3. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes and remove from the pans to wire racks. Cool completely.

    4. Buttercream Frosting: Beat the butter until fluffy; add sugar and cocoa alternately with milk, beating until it reaches a spreadable consistency. Stir in the vanilla. Makes about 2 cups/500 mL icing.

    5. Spread a portion of the frosting over the top of one cake. Place the second cake on top and continue to frost all over the entire cake with the remaining frosting.

    6. Spider Web: Place white chocolate chips and shortening in small, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on MEDIUM (50%) for 45 seconds; stir. If necessary, microwave an additional 10 to 15 seconds or until chips are melted and smooth. Transfer to a re-sealable plastic bag. Make a small diagonal cut in one bottom corner of the bag. Drizzle the mixture in 4 or 5 concentric circles on top of cake. Using a knife or wooden pick, immediately draw 8 to 10 lines from center to edges of cake at regular intervals to form a web. If desired, garnish with a "spider", made from a caramel, licorice and other candies.

    Makes 12 servings.


    Tip:
    • To sour milk combine 4-1/2 (22 mL) tsp white vinegar plus enough milk to equal 1-1/2 cups (375 mL).

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